Likely the least regulated private economic sector going into the Age of the Barack Obama Administration – at least at the federal level – was the Internet. Which is largely why the Web has become an ever-evolving, free speech-free market Xanadu.
This Administration views this is a tremendous failing – that they are rushing to rectify.
Just after this last election, the President’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – at the interloping behest of the President his own self – imposed two huge Internet power grabs.
There has been much examination of the ridiculous Network Neutrality grab – where the Feds will nowslam down onto the Net the ridiculous tax and regulatory superstructure that is 1930s landline telephone laws.
Let’s look at the other.
FCC Overturns State Laws Limiting Government Broadband
How’s that for federalism? Where in the Constitution is the federal government empowered to do that?
Why are there twenty states ...
The US-EU “competition” of protectionist digital industrial policies -- U.S. Title II net neutrality vs. the EU’s emerging “platform neutrality” plans -- creates an ironic backdrop to negotiations for the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) “free” trade agreement. Heightening the irony, the Obama Administration, not the European Commission, has been the protectionist digital industrial policy leader, trailblazing the political path for the EU’s Single Digital Market to...
If you are guilty until proven innocent of charges that can be made up after the fact, you may be in FCC-ville.
Think of the FCC, unilaterally self-armed with the “strongest possible rules” of Title II 1934 monopoly telephone regulation, as a Washington backwater “kangaroo court,” where innocent communicators can be hauled before a mock court system where normal due process, rule of law, and justice may not apply.
Think that can’t happen in America?
Consider the evidence.
Reflect on how the FCC...
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